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  1. Comment on Are there any aspects of your mental life that you know/suspect to be idiosyncratic? in ~life

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    I can imagine any sound or song in any other known instrument or voice. Might be a common thing, who knows. It's nice because the inner radio plays almost constantly (I listen to a whole lot of...

    I can imagine any sound or song in any other known instrument or voice. Might be a common thing, who knows.
    It's nice because the inner radio plays almost constantly (I listen to a whole lot of music, never silent in my head) and I can sometimes just vary instruments, or just let someone else do the singing with a bit of effort. Fully useless as I can't really just plug a recorder in my head and record it, but it does make songs stuck in my head quite fun.

    Same for geometry; I do a lot of 3D modelling, and the ability to imagine shapes, unfold them like they're paper boxes, apply transformations and cuts just inside the head is so incredibly useful when trying to figure out how to model things. Primitive shapes like boxes, spheres, cones and lines go easily, things like polyhedrons don't because I don't have those memorized.

    Also, I'm primarily visually oriented in terms of thinking, but I need some time to reorganize concept into a format I can understand. As such, verbal instructions never work, but if you give me a written document I'll read it once and never forget it again.

    7 votes
  2. Intuitive music composition software

    For a class I have to compose soundtracks and music, and I have no experience whatsoever. Okay, I played classical guitar for a decade but I never was good at music theory and can barely read...

    For a class I have to compose soundtracks and music, and I have no experience whatsoever.
    Okay, I played classical guitar for a decade but I never was good at music theory and can barely read notes.

    My issue is that I come up with a tune, and I need to dump that information to a recording medium as soon as possible. Translating that tune into a short term memory and playing it out on my guitar doesn't work, as I'll end up forgetting it nearly instantly. The one instrument that I can play is whistling, but that's kinda hard to do for long.

    I'm looking for a more intuitive way to input notes into a computer.
    I was thinking of some kind of pitch slider that continuously plays a note (limited to notes, no microtones) that I can control with an external input device like a knob or potmeter / by moving my mouse up and down, and then hit a button to input that sound, moving on to the next note. No delays inbetween, just immediately starts playing a new note.

    Like the computer whistling a note for me, and me adjusting the pitch and length.

    I can move my mouse quite precisely & can adjust pitch pretty easily when whistling, it's just that translating music from head to an instrument will never be as intuitive as something like whistling.

    It's not supposed to be perfect, on-point music, just enough to record the vague idea and process it later. It also should be super minimalistic, I'd preferably only have the slider, the play/pause button, the confirm note button and a "save to file" button.

    I'm not sure where I can even start finding something remotely related to this. I've looked around and tried a bunch of music software, but it's all either complicated or unintuitive.

    Anyone know something like this?

    Edit: As this website puts it;

    Intuitive music composition requires that you hear the musicality of the music as you are composing it. Which means that you have no choice but to compose by playing.

    and

    You cannot intuitively compose music by entering note data into a software application.

    12 votes
  3. Comment on Sending and automating arbitrary HTTP requests with the iOS Shortcuts app in ~comp

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    Aren't all of these standard iOS functions?

    Aren't all of these standard iOS functions?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What is something you hated as a youngster but now like as an adult? in ~talk

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    Waiting rooms! Or, waiting for long periods of time. I'd get bored quickly, but now l've learned the art of observing. As an artist, you're always building a visual library of information to...
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    Waiting rooms! Or, waiting for long periods of time.

    I'd get bored quickly, but now l've learned the art of observing. As an artist, you're always building a visual library of information to reference when drawing. When l'm bored, l start looking at my environment, at how light interacts with things, composition & trying to train my spatial sense by imagining changes to the room that would enhance the composition. Or imagining different light conditions.

    If you look at things from an art perspective, anything is beautiful/interesting. For example, l don't like fighting games at all, yet l watched an hour-long video on fighting game animations the other day. So much artistic skill that's hardly noticeable in the end result.

    Also, if art doesn't work; look at things from an industrial design perspective & try to figure out how it was made. If it's plastic, was it injection molded? Where's the parting line, injection point & are there any clever tricks to avoid having to use moving parts in the mold? If it's galvanized steel, was it thermally galvanized or electroplated? (hint: the former has holes to let the air out so the part doesn't explode in the zinc bath)

    And so on. There's always some way to look at things that makes them more interesting than you would expect.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    Doesn't seem to run games well :/

    Doesn't seem to run games well :/

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    Oh valid, it's just time-proven not to be my favorite thing.

    Oh valid, it's just time-proven not to be my favorite thing.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    Hordes upon hordes of techs telling me to use it solely because of the linux circlejerk, that just gets annoying after a while. having to do things in a console isn't my jam; l highly prefer...
    1. Hordes upon hordes of techs telling me to use it solely because of the linux circlejerk, that just gets annoying after a while.
    2. having to do things in a console isn't my jam; l highly prefer visual interfaces & can't remember commands half the time. tried it a bunch of times with different versions & it just wasn't my jam thanks to having to do console stuff eventually. l'm no techie, just tech-adjacent.
    3 votes
  8. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    A Windows clone that's not bloated/spying on me that's not Linux or Mac or whatever. Just.....the same, but functional. Probs never going to happen anytime soon. Other than that, software with...

    A Windows clone that's not bloated/spying on me that's not Linux or Mac or whatever. Just.....the same, but functional. Probs never going to happen anytime soon.

    Other than that, software with customizable UIs like Blender does. Drag screens around, customize pretty much everything, give the user control over the environment they are going to be working in for the majority of the day.

    And in general, a good UI/UX setup. If I have issues with software, 99% of the time it's due to UI/UX reasons, not bugs or missing features.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on A desperate rescue: A father's heartbreaking attempt to save his family from a raging fire in ~news

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    Link directs me to an overview page, can't seem to access the article.

    Link directs me to an overview page, can't seem to access the article.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Need help raising funds for a friend in ~misc

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    Apparently she's tried this already, but it's not available to her hospital :/

    Apparently she's tried this already, but it's not available to her hospital :/

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Need help raising funds for a friend in ~misc

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    She's not.

    If she's homeless already

    She's not.

    5 votes
  12. Need help raising funds for a friend

    @ admin: Sorry if it's not allowed to post these kinds of things, feel free to remove it. I'm normally not someone who would post this kind of stuff to places like this or other sites, as it's...

    @ admin: Sorry if it's not allowed to post these kinds of things, feel free to remove it.

    I'm normally not someone who would post this kind of stuff to places like this or other sites, as it's probably kind of annoying, but l'm honestly starting to get super worried.

    A close friend recently broke her leg & thanks to the fucked up US healthcare system she's got a $1800 bill due on the 11th of October. I set up a fundraiser to try and help, which raised $500 so far, but that's just not enough.
    I'm really worried for her (mental) wellbeing & l am desperately trying to scrape together what l can to help. l think if the bill isn't paid, it wouldn't take long for her to end up homeless, or worse.

    l don't like asking this, but would anyone be able to either donate or share the tweet? Any amount helps.

    l would genuinely appreciate it a lot if you could, and l understand if you can't.

    https://twitter.com/asoftbird/status/1294762351242235904?s=21

    Edit: it's in the tweet, but l should mention she's trans and disabled; becoming homeless already is pretty bad, but given the other circumstances l'm honestly not sure if she'll survive that.
    I have donated her $600 already which is as much as l can miss, l don't know what to do about the bit that's still missing.

    10 votes
  13. Comment on Looking for melodic instrumental metal bands! in ~music

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    Ohhhhh. Right, never mind then :p

    Ohhhhh. Right, never mind then :p

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Looking for melodic instrumental metal bands! in ~music

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    l respect your tastes in music, but still, you may be missing out a bit since there's just so much great (Finnish) metal where the vocals fit right in and don't distract at all. See it as another...

    l respect your tastes in music, but still, you may be missing out a bit since there's just so much great (Finnish) metal where the vocals fit right in and don't distract at all. See it as another instrument, almost. What do you not like about lead vocals? (just wondering!)

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What are the oldest games you still regularly play? in ~games

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    GameBoy Tetris (1984-ish) and SimCity 4 (2003) The former was already there before l was born, my mom played that a lot. Pretty sure it was my first video game, too. Feels kinda weird how that'll...

    GameBoy Tetris (1984-ish) and SimCity 4 (2003)

    The former was already there before l was born, my mom played that a lot. Pretty sure it was my first video game, too. Feels kinda weird how that'll be 40 years old in a couple of years.

    l still remember driving to the game store with my dad to get the latter. Great game, it's been 17 years and it's still not boring.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Looking for melodic instrumental metal bands! in ~music

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    David Maxim Micic! It's mostly instrumental, mostly progressive instrumental metal. Similar to Plini, but significantly more prog + it's got some interesting Balkan influences (especially on the...

    David Maxim Micic!

    It's mostly instrumental, mostly progressive instrumental metal. Similar to Plini, but significantly more prog + it's got some interesting Balkan influences (especially on the album Bilo 2.0). Bit weird, but that's why I love it.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Do you separate the art from the artist? in ~talk

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    On a similar topic, Ihsahn (who was in Emperor together with Vikernes) is one of my favorite musicians and a cool dude in general, but l was pretty disappointed when he had Faust as the drummer...

    On a similar topic, Ihsahn (who was in Emperor together with Vikernes) is one of my favorite musicians and a cool dude in general, but l was pretty disappointed when he had Faust as the drummer for the 2014 20-year anniversary tour of Emperor's In The Nightside Eclipse.
    That guy's a convicted (homophobia-related) murderer, served 14 years for stabbing a gay man 37 times.
    Even though he served his sentence and all, l'd rather see Ihsahn cut ties with people like that.

    Similarly, l love Emperor, but there's just too many shitty people in there to not think about that while listening.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Digital pregnancy tests just contain a regular paper strip test and the battery, microcontroller, LEDs, photodiodes, screen, etc. are all to read whether it shows one line or two in ~misc

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    The "damage" has been done though; already seeing this post on reddit with hordes of pissed off people because "useless tech" and "wasteful" while the reason why it's there is lost in the sauce....

    Also OP should be applauded because they obviously changed their opinion once they were presented w/ a different perspective.

    The "damage" has been done though; already seeing this post on reddit with hordes of pissed off people because "useless tech" and "wasteful" while the reason why it's there is lost in the sauce. They should probably have removed the post & replaced it with the same content but added a line about why it's like that. It's still doing the rounds (and technically, spreading misinformation?)

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Digital pregnancy tests just contain a regular paper strip test and the battery, microcontroller, LEDs, photodiodes, screen, etc. are all to read whether it shows one line or two in ~misc

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    This is needed because the tests apparently are rather hard to read correctly and may give false negatives. Yes, it's wasteful, but it's necessary. And yes, it should be changed to something less...

    This is needed because the tests apparently are rather hard to read correctly and may give false negatives.

    Yes, it's wasteful, but it's necessary. And yes, it should be changed to something less wasteful, but l guess that's not cost effective.

    https://twitter.com/realsexycyborg/status/1301786032136835072?s=21

    13 votes